Renaissance Retirement Residence offers independent living
in large self-contained suites similar to rental apartments
and/or condominiums. To simplify the tasks of day to
day living, The Renaissance has a large common dining room
where chef prepared meals are served daily. Residents
can choose to have all their meals in the dining room or only
the dinner meal. Housekeeping is also provided in the
suites on a weekly basis. To ensure the safety of all
residents, each suite is equipped with a remote controlled
telephone that provides two way communication for immediate
help or assistance.
This style of living is sometimes referred to hotel
lifestyle as it includes services previously associated
with hotels or guesthouses. More recently, references are being
made to cruise-ship services.
original name of congregate care is seldom used
as it suggests an element of nursing care that this lifestyle
does not include. Government departments are now using the
term supportive when referring to this type of housing
or living. Privately owned residences seem to prefer the phrase,
independent living since it is meant for active
independent seniors wanting the simplicity of life within a
community of peers.
typical resident is 76 to 92 years of age. Their previous home
was a single family house or condominium. In the case of couples,
maintaining the house has become too difficult for the husband
and cooking and cleaning has become too much for the wife.
In the case of single residents, usually a health problem makes
them reassess their current environment and decide on a safer,
less demanding lifestyle.
The health benefits of this kind of lifestyle are only beginning
to be recognized.
The benefits of proper nutrition can be seen within the first
few months of residents moving in. Fresh green vegetable
salads and rich-in-nutrient home made soups introduce a variety
of health nutrients into the diet. Soups and salads are made
fresh every day. The main courses offer a wide selection
from fish, poultry and red meat to potatoes, rice and pasta.
The desserts vary every meal from pies, cake and cookies to
ice cream and yogurt. Few people could claim they eat with
such diversity in their own homes.
social interaction created by residents eating in a common dining
room and the activities and entertainment that they experience
at The Renaissance form the basis of a community.
Residents can participate as much or as little as they wish
but everyone benefits. Loneliness is very common in
people of this age group. To live within a community of
their peers, people who share the same values and have a
similar history, allows residents to recall and recant their
own experiences. The desire to belong,
the desire to be listened to and the desire to learn through
conversation remain with us all our life.